Storytelling Festival presents tales from 7 continents

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The Scottish International Storytelling Festival returns from Friday 20 October with an intercontinental lineup that truly reflects the Festival's commitment to blending Scottish tradition with culture from around the globe. 

Themed Open Word, Open World, the 2017 programme features 69 events, including a strong contingent of storytellers and folk musicians from across Scotland as well as artists, performers, films, exhibitions and stories from every continent. 

Some of the highlights at this year's Festival include: 

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Northern Lights - Stories from Norway (23 October 2017)

With Norwegian, Kven and Coastal Sami ancestry, Stina Fagertun is the perfect storyteller to present these legends of the far north. 

People of the North - Stories from Russia (26 October 2017)

Two classic films by Andrei Golovnev are presented by Marina Yuzhaninova, Director of the Northern Travelling Film Festival. 

Istria Inspires - Stories from Croatia (24 October 2017)

The young storytellers of Croatia's Istra Inspirit group (pictured above) evokes the landscape and heritage of their beautiful homeland.  

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Through the Forest - Stories from Thailand (22 October 2017)

A chance to hear of Thai myths and legends from storyteller Wajuppa Tossa (pictured above) - and you might even learn some words of Lao, the local language of her home region of Isan. 

Undersea and Overland - Stories from Korea (22 October 2017)

Bringing the Korean folk tales of her grandmother to Scotland is Seung-Ah Kim, in this treasure trove of magical stories. 

Scotland meets Pakistan: Islands to Cities (25 October 2017)

Linking the Isle of Lewis with the city of Lahore, are the musical talents of Sara Kazmi and Sarah Hayes, alongside the poetry of Shazea Quraishi and storyteller Ian Stephen.  

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Lost Tales: Walking with Gods - Live (19-31 October)

Throughout the Storytelling Festival, Travis De Vries will work live as artist in residence, reimagining the stories of Indigenous Australians through paintings which borrow from mythology, graphic novels and traditional storytelling. In addition to his festival-long exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Travis will also take part in a special Lost Tales Live event on 20 October. 

Aotearoa - Stories from New Zealand (23 October 2017)

Join Māori storyteller Joe Harawira (pictured above) to explore the traditions and tales of the first nations people of Aotearoa, the Land of Cloud and Dawn.  

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Champions Tale - A South African Story (28 October 2017)

The lines between audiences and performers blur in this South African show from BE United and The Champions, featuring performance art, dance and interactive discussion 

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives - Stories from Africa (28 October 2017)

Maimouna Jallow (pictured above) performs five different characters in this tale of deception, betrayal, love and friendship, inspired by the novel from Nigerian author, Lola Shoneyin.

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South America

Healing the Soul - Stories from Peru (26 October 2017)

Wayqui César Villegas Astete and bilingual storyteller Laura Escuela, return to the festival with more myths and legends of Peru. 

Reflecting Fridas (28 October 2017)

Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines (pictured above) is inspired by the life, loves and troubles of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to tell her unique story. 

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North America

Tales of the Quebec Wetlands (25 October 2017)

An opportunity to see André Desrochers' film featuring eight storytellers from Dundee to Quebec, and revealing Mohawk oral traditions and Scottish-French Canadian legends of the Lake St Francis National Wildlife Area. 

Tales from the New World (27 October 2017)

Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies (above) recounts newfound tales, filled with magic and adventure, from amazing characters discovered in California, Utah and Cuba.  

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Enduring Eye: The Antarctic legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley (until 12 November)

Even the Earth's coldest continent features in the Storytelling Festival's lineup, with the inclusion of this exhibition of Frank Hurley's incredible photographs of Shackleton's epic journeys on the Endurance and the fortitude of his crew in the most extreme of circumstances. 

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival runs from 20-31 October 2017 and tickets are available nowFind out more about the Storytelling Festival.

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